Study Says Trampoline Park Injuries Skyrocketed in Recent Years
Maybe you've seen trampoline parks crop up around your neighborhood. Perhaps your children have bounced at a birthday party held at one. It could be that you haven't had the pleasure, fearing that your child's bouncing experience would end with a trip to the emergency room.
If the latter is you, you're not off base, or so says a study published recently in Pediatrics magazine.
Are Trampoline Parks More Dangerous Than Home Trampolines?
The study sought out to determine what injury trends, if any, were associated with trampoline parks—defined as indoor recreational facilities with wall-to-wall trampolines. To determine those trends, the study authors analyzed information on trampoline injuries from 2010-2014 made available through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
After crunching the numbers, they came to a conclusion: The number of emergency room visits related to trampoline-park injuries increased.
In 2010, there were 581 such ER visits. In 2014, that number jumped to 6,932. The study authors noted, however, that the number of emergency room visits for home trampoline injuries stayed largely the same over that same time frame.
That wasn't the only difference between injuries suffered at a trampoline park and those suffered on a home trampoline.
According to the study:
- Trampoline park injuries are more likely to require admission to the hospital—and often involve the spinal cord.
- Trampoline park injuries are less likely to be head injuries.
- Trampoline park injuries are more likely to involve the lower extremities.
- Trampoline park injuries are more likely to be a dislocation.
What Gives? What Caused the Increase in Injuries?
The increase in trampoline park injuries is attributed to several factors, including:
- Jumpers landing incorrectly
- Jumpers falling off the trampolines
- Jumpers falling onto the frame of the trampoline
- Jumpers coming into contact with another trampoline user
- Jumpers attempting flips (and failing to land them properly)
Ways to Prevent a Personal Injury at a Trampoline Park
While the study calls the increase in trampoline park injuries an "emerging concern," trips to these facilities are popular for birthday parties and end-of-summer celebrations. If your family has already penciled in a trip to a nearby trampoline park, keep these tips in mind before the kids take that first jump:
- Heed the safety rules posted at the indoor trampoline park.
- Supervise your children at all times while they are jumping.
- Make sure your child does not bounce on a trampoline being used by another jumper.
Our personal injury attorneys have represented thousands of injury victims over the past three decades, and the most difficult to bear are those involving children—especially when the accident that caused their injury could have possibly been prevented with education.
We hope that before you go on any adventure involving a trampoline—at home or at an indoor park—that you read up on safety tips.
If the worst should happen at a trampoline park or elsewhere—accidents sadly do happen despite our best planning—and your child suffers an injury, don't spend one second worrying alone. We can help you. All you have to do is give us a call. We'll give you a no-obligation case review and our personal injury attorneys will take the time to answer any questions you may have regarding your case.